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Catalog Number 1971.020.001
Description Captain H.J Reilly Camp NO.14 Flag, n.d. Blue rectangular flag made of a taffeta like fabric. Yellow fringe 2.5in. long and is attached onto 3 edges, top, bottom, and right edge. The left side has a loop which runs along the whole edge so a pole could go through it. The flag is two sided. The two sides contain the same text but different emblems in the center, the top side has a veteran medal while the bottom has The California state seal. The words read "CAPTAIN H.J REILLY CAMP NO.14 / REDWOOD CITY CALIFORNIA / DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA / UNITED SPANISH WAR VETERANS / INSTITUTED AUGUST 25TH 1923". The yellow text is machine stitched onto the flag. Under the text there is a light blue fabric in the shape of a banner which is in between the flag base and the lettering. The first two lines of text are curved down at the edges and the bottom three lines of text are curved up at the edges. The veterans medal emblem has an eagle at the top standing on a crest with an American flag design and two gold branches extending to either side, below that is an American flag rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise. under the flag is an anchor, rifle, sword and canon (unsure about canon). Below those images there is a chain pattern stitched which connect to the medal design. In the shape of a cross the emblem has a circular design in the center with two men holding guns and another person (gender unclear) kneeling on the ground. The whole emblem overall is approximately 22.5in. tall and 8in. wide. On the back of the flag there is the same text in the same shape but the emblem in the center is the California state seal. The circular seal is 17.25in in diameter.
Object Name Banner
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Captain H.J Reilly Camp NO.14 Flag, n.d.
Date n.d.
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "CAPTAIN H.J REILLY CAMP NO.14 / REDWOOD CITY CALIFORNIA / DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA / UNITED SPANISH WAR VETERANS / INSTITUTED AUGUST 25TH 1923". (yellow, machine stitched, first two lines of text are curved down at the edges and the bottom three lines of text are curved up at the edges) (Same on both sides)
Provenance
Notes "The Spanish-American War (1898) was a conflict between the United States and Spain that ended Spanish colonial rule in the Americas and resulted in U.S. acquisition of territories in the western Pacific and Latin America." [http://www.history.com/topics/spanish-american-war-9/28/2016]

"The desire among those who served in the war with Spain to form assocations to perpetuate the memories of service life...were mustered out in 1898...In the movement to create a National Organization, there were different leaders in various localities and widely divergent opinions as to name, declarations of principles, forms and ceremonies and other matters, all of which resulted in the organization of three distinct National Societies which were termed "Spanish War Veterans," "Spanish-American War Veterans" and "Service Men of the Spanish War" [ https://archive.org/details/historyoforganiz00tuck-9/28/2016]

'"THE UNITED SPANISH WAR VETERANS is an unique organization. No child can be born into it; no proclamation of President, edict of King or Czar can command admission; no university or institution of learning can issue a diploma authorizing its holder to enter; no act of Congress or Parliament secures recognition; the wealth of a Rockefeller or a Ford cannot purchase the position; its doors swing open only upon presentation of the bit of paper, torn, worn, begrimed though it may be, which certifies to an honorable discharge from the Army or Navy of the nation during the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, or the China Relief Expedition. And, unlike other associations, no “new blood” can come in; there are no growing ranks from which recruits can be drawn into the United Spanish War Veterans. With the consummation of peace through victory, its rolls were closed forever. Its line are steadily growing thinner, and the tramp of its column is with ever-lessening tread; the gaps in the picket line grow wider; day by day details are made from the reserve, summoned into the shadowy regions to return to touch elbows no more, until, by and by, only a solitary sentinel shall stand guard, waiting until the bugle call from beyond shall muster out the last Comrade of the United Spanish War Veterans." [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~npmelton/swvet40.htm-9/28/2016]

Dimensions H-56.5 W-65.5 D-0.5 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms California - History
Memorabilia
Military
Veterans
Subjects Banners
California history
Memorabilia
Military camps
Veterans